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Hong Kong Aviation Industry, Cathay Pacific Facing Severe Turbulence

As a result of weakened travel demand due to COVID-19, Hong Kong International Airport is seeing a huge drop of passenger volume as 8.3 million passengers were recorded in the first six months of this year, the airport reported in a press release. It has dropped 78.1% compared to the same period last year. The vibrant airport has recorded a 99.1 percent drop in passenger volume year over year. Hong Kong resident travel has also dropped by 98 percent year…

Hong Kong Airport Welcomes Transit Passengers Again

In response to the low infection rate of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airport is loosening its travel restrictions and resumed airport transit services on June 1. The main travel restrictions, however, remain unchanged. Foreigners coming from overseas countries by plane are still banned from entering the city while…

A Look at Tech Hong Kong Airport Uses to Protect…

Hong Kong International Airport has become the world's first airport to trial a full-body disinfection channel to protect passengers and staff from COVID-19. The facility, called CLeanTech, is an enclosed full-body disinfection facility that sanitizes travelers using the channel in 40 seconds, killing 99.9 percent of germs. Currently, CLeanTech is being…

Hong Kong Government Offers Financial Help to Aviation Industry

As a result of the coronavirus crisis around the globe, travel demand has plummeted to a new low. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), a transportation hub in Asia, recorded a total number of 228 arrival passengers on April 12 and only eight foreign visitors among them. In response to the…

Hong Kong and Taiwanese Airlines Take Steps to Prevent Coronavirus…

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan's, the most affected and adjacent territories to the epicenter, local airlines have carried out new measures to help stop the spread of the disease. StarLux Airlines, a brand new Taiwan-based airline which launched services two days before…

Cathay Pacific Suspends 90 Percent of Flights to Mainland China

Cathay Pacific announced it will be reducing capacity to Mainland China by 90 percent, as a measure of precaution against the Coronavirus spread. The Hong Kong-based carrier is following the steps of most global carriers who have either temporarily suspended flights to mainland China or are cutting frequencies to combat…

Hong Kong’s Aviation Industry Encountering Ongoing Turbulence

Hong Kong’s aviation industry has paid the price for the recent social unrest in the region.  Hong Kong Airport recorded 71.5 million passengers last year, a 4.2 percent decrease compared to the prior year. Meanwhile, total cargo declined 6.1 percent year-over-year. The passenger volume of the airport is facing its…

Hong Kong Airlines Facing New Lawsuit Over Leased Aircraft

The year 2019 came to a startling and difficult end for Hong Kong Airlines as a second airline leasing company sued the airline over delinquencies on a pair of aircraft. Dublin-based Awas Leasing One filed a lawsuit in Hong Kong accusing the struggling airline of failing to pay over $2.9…

Hong Kong Airlines Meets Government Deadline, Tries to Begin Turnaround

The government of Hong Kong on Monday presented struggling carrier Hong Kong Airlines with an ultimatum: Find the money to pay its employees by Dec. 7 or risk having its operating license suspended or even revoked. The next day, the airline's chief executive officer released a statement vowing to take…

Cathay Pacific To Cut Capacity in 2020

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has announced that capacity on the airline will be reduced in 2020 due to impacts from the recent unrest. The capacity reductions will see a decrease of 1.4 percent year-over-year and an adjustment in the carrier’s budget in 2020. In September, the carrier was expecting capacity…